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The Checkup: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Health News on the Web: Where Do You Get Yours?

My day started the way every weekday starts: Cup of coffee in hand, I sat down in front of my computer (having eaten a nutritious breakfast, natch!) and began checking the morning's health news. I started, of course, with The Washington Post, reading anything reported there, by Post staffers or...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  General Health  
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Which Diet Works?

Anyone who has battled their waistline has asked the same question: Which diet works best? Low-carb? Low-fat? High-protein? A new government-sponsored study out today finally tries to offer a definitive answer. The study, published in today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine and sponsored by the National Institutes...

By Rob Stein  |  February 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Health , Obesity  
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Breastfeeding and MS

It's well established that women with multiple sclerosis tend to have fewer relapses -- bouts of the disease's unpredictable symptoms -- when they're pregnant. The trade-off is that they usually have much higher risk of relapse during the first 3 or 4 months after giving birth. New research to be...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Family Health , Women's Health  
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Cut Back or Go Cold Turkey?

When it comes to breaking a food habit, which works better: quitting cold turkey, or just cutting back and continuing to enjoy the food in question in moderation? In today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about cutting back on sweets, Dr. Neal Barnard notes that most people do better...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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And Now, Some Good News About Peanuts

Eating 10 peanuts might not sound like a big deal. But to people with peanut allergy -- or their parents -- being able to eat just one, or even to be in the same room with a peanut, would be a welcome relief. British researchers reporting in the journal Allergy...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health  
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